SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner outpitched AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, and the San Francisco Giants completed their Arizona portion of the exhibition season by beating the Cleveland Indians 5-2 Wednesday.
Bumgarner allowed one run and five hits in four innings with four strikeouts in his final tuneup for Monday’s opener at Arizona. He did not get a decision, leaving his spring training record at 0-3. The World Series champion Giants are 11-20.
Kluber, who starts Monday at Houston, gave up three runs and five hits in 4 2-3 innings, including a two-run homer by Matt Duffy that allowed the Giants to erase a 2-1 deficit in the fifth. He was 0-2 in exhibition games.
Brett Bochy son of Giants manager Bruce Bochy, won despite allowing one run, two hits and a walk int he fifth.
Indians: Kluber said he is “physically and mentally ready to go” for the season opener at Houston. “I’m right where I want to be,” he said.
He threw 100 pitches in his previous start but was a bit less than that here, by design.
Bumgarner took a mighty swing against him in the third, nearly coming out of his shoes and going to one knee.
“That was a huge swing,” Kluber said.
Giants: Bumgarner knows his spring training statistics were not great.
“No matter what anybody else expects, it will not be as much as the expectations I have for myself,” he said.
An NL Cy Young, perhaps?
“Win the World Series again, that’s about it,” he said.
Indians: 1B-OF Nick Swisher (knee surgery) played his first game of the big league exhibition season as the DH and went 2 for 3 with an RBI single in the fourth.
Giants: Backup C Hector Sanchez limped around after fouling consecutive pitches off his foot in the ninth, but was expected to be OK.
DUFFY DOES IT
One of the few opening-day roster spots available for the Giants appears to be in the infield. Matt Duffy took extra pre-game work at third base with bench coach Ron Wotus and played the entire game there.
Cleveland leadoff hitter Michael Bourn had a bunt single in the fifth and scored the team’s second run, giving him a team-leading 20 hits.
Indians: Cleveland plays Cincinnati in Goodyear on Thursday.
Giants: The Giants were to fly back to the Bay area and host the start of their annual three-game exhibition Bay Bridge Series against Oakland on Thursday. RHPs Jake Peavy, Matt Cain and Tim Hudson are scheduled to start the three games for the Giants.
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